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I Am All Here and Stuff and It’s Pretty Great.

Me, by the Bering SeaI have arrived in Nome and there is much rejoicing. Not because of my arrival (nobody knowns me), but because a plane has finally landed here for the first time in a week. A lot of people have been delayed in Anchorage and Kotzebue due to weather conditions and runway closures but now here we are. Nome sweet Nome.

I heard my share of interesting stories while stuck at the airport. There was a passenger on my flight who needed to get to Nome to board a cruise ship called “The World”, and another in the process of filming a documentary about women in the gold rush.

When I got off the plane, I was warmly welcomed by the KNOM staff and taken to the volunteer house.

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I heard about the KNOM Volunteer program. I graduated college in December of 2011 and applied soon after. Like many former volunteers, I don’t have a background in broadcasting. I still ask myself, how did I end up here again?

Being here is surreal.

I have only been in Nome for a little over a week but my life in the “lower 48” is already starting to feel distant. Warnings I received to wear layers, to stay away from bears – because I’m tasty and do not stand a chance – and to Never Trust a Moose, make less sense by each passing day. (Did it ever make sense?) What on earth did my friends mean when they told me not to kiss any polar bears? I have no idea.

What I do know is that I am lucky to be here. I am grateful to be working with such an outstanding group of people, especially the very patient ones tasked with training such a technologically disadvantaged person such as myself. It’s kind of funny. I hear that the volunteer who had my job before me was also not so keen on technology, or “sorcery,” as I like to call it.

“Don’t worry, you’ll get this” has become a catch phrase at the studio, and I’m starting to think that I AM getting this. Whether it’s learning to DJ or to produce educational spots (which is a large chunk of what I will be doing at KNOM), I am absorbing everything that I can as fast as I can.

Yeah. This is going to be an exciting year.